It might feel like we’ve reached peak podcast, but an advantage of the medium’s popularity is that there are shows for every interest. Here’s a shortlist of home-grown podcasts to switch on to.
Writer Rosie Waterland published her memoir, The Anti-Cool Girl, in 2015. The darkly humorous book grapples with topics such as addiction, eating disorders, death and mental illness, and provided the premise for Waterland’s 2017 podcast, Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie. In the 22-episode series, Waterland and her mother debate the memoir together, and, like some of the best comedy, it blends humour with deeper meaning.
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Sophie Harper is a documentary filmmaker who always wanted to be a mum. In her late 30s, she became a mother via artificial insemination and has a young daughter, Astrid. Not By Accident tells their story through contemporary reflections and conversations recorded with friends and family. It’s a thoughtful, heartwarming and well-produced podcast, and you don’t need to be a parent to appreciate it.
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When Casefile joined the true crime podcast scene in early 2016, it was a small bedroom project intended as a hobby for its anonymous, strine-accented sporting host. Few could have guess that it would rise to the top of the charts and win accolades and fans the world over. This Australian podcast has become a force good as well, prioritising the legacies of victims and survivors.
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Seen a film or read a book and wanted other people’s opinions on it? The Rereaders is for you. Writers and cultural critics Mel Campbell and Dion Kagan talk books, art, television and movies with special guests, and listening to their conversations is like hearing insights from your smart mates.
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Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football Podcast is one for soccer fans. The trio – Santo Cilauro, Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang – include plenty of humour, and regularly feature interviews with players and sports reporters, even comedians. Episodes can drop multiple times a week, or sometimes a little more sporadically.
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Like an audio-only version of Australian Story, The Real Thing shares tales that are simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary from a wide variety of Australians. This ABC podcast has snack-sized episodes that range from tracking down an actor from a cult ’90s kids’ TV show to a series on locals from the predominantly indigenous town of Wilcannia in NSW.
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Science and environment
Australia’s flora and fauna is explored in the Radio National podcast Off Track. Recorded in the great outdoors, it’s filled with soothing sounds of the environment as host Ann Jones chats to various experts about the natural world and our relationship with it.
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